Les générations dans l'histoire littéraire

Authors: Moraru, Viorel-Dragos
Advisor: Saint-Jacques, Denis
Abstract: Apart from their being a social reality, generations exist in discourses and in social representations. They bear transformations, radical mutations even, and their various forms of existence influence one another in the process. Literary history has so forth used especially the controversial concept of “literary generations”, generally understood as a criterion for periodization, regardless of the actual presence of groups of (young) writers. Yet, when these come to the fore, they are usually limited congregations belonging to a particular discursive unit of an otherwise very diverse generation. It is the lack of recognition inside the literary field that gives some sort of cohesion to these young writers. Moreover, they feel the same kind of privation not only as members of a literary generation, but also as part of an intellectual, an historical, or a social generation. As a consequence, these different forms of existence of a generation become a favorite topic in many stories written by these young writers. In order to legitimize their cultural products, they make use of a series of rhetorics that justify their novelty and their contemporaneousness. Ultimately, the generational discourse of young authors is responsible for the persistance of the representation of literary generations as a necessary tool for the “progress” of literature. And if literary generations are sometimes nothing more than discursive realities, the very fact of belonging to different other types of generation enables young writers to get enough mutual recognition to take up again, periodically, their discourse against literary authority and in favor of a new order of things inside the literary field.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/20813
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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